April 22, 2011 12:00 PM by Veronica Dudo
The Real Housewives Of Orange County’s Gretchen Rossi and her boyfriend Slade Smiley are being sued by a former business associate for breach of contract, fraud, deceit and conspiracy according to RadarOnline.com.
In light of the recent claims against Gretchen and Slade over the Gretchen Christine Beaute venture, Gretchen and Slade decided to address the situation saying, “Since I have received so many questions from the media, and questions from my loyal fans and followers regarding the recent claims against Slade and I, with the assistance of our Counsel here is our formal response to the allegations being made.”
That statement comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by Ronann Myers, which RadarOnline.com reports alleges in February 2009 she and Gretchen decided to form a make-up company together, agreeing to split the profits 50/50. She claims both invested $15K in the venture and filed documents to form their company.
But according to Gretchen’s statement, “Ron Ann Meyer’s claims are false and nothing more than a transparent attempt to extort a settlement out of someone in the public eye. Although Gretchen works with many talented make-up artists on a weekly basis, she decided to involve Myers with starting her make-up line. At that time both contributed equal amounts of $5,000. A single product was ordered as a test sample. The women divided the product 50/50. As conversations about working together progressed, a written agreement was extended to Myers by Rossi. Myers refused to sign the agreement. Over the next week or so, Rossi and Myers encountered extreme difficulties working together. At this point, Rossi e-mailed Myers, rescinding the original offer to partner together.”
Myers however states that the two had an oral agreement and that she tried to have the partnership agreement signed, but claims Slade stopped it according to RadarOnline which also reports that Meyers is seeking $100k in damages, attorneys’ fees and compensatory damages.
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